4 critical steps to becoming a leader

Barriers to Leadership, Leadership Development, Self-driven Leadership Development

As I venture into new territory for this blog, I’m going to use a framework for self-driven leadership development.  Chalk it up to my PhD, but I like to have a conceptual model for the work that I do.  Once the model makes sense, I can layer on the practical information and suggested activities.

This model is intended to help someone (like you) move yourself up the career ladder towards or into a leadership role.  It starts with the need to be responsible for your own career then focuses on breaking down your personal career barriers then involves learning how to be a leader and finally involves applying your skills.

The four steps are:

  1. Own your future
  2. Break down barriers
  3. Learn critical leadership skills
  4. Apply your skills to your work

This picture shows the elements of the model. 

 barrier model

Over the next few posts, we’ll go into more detail about each step and elements of this model.  You’ll learn about the need to own your career future due to a change in the psychological contract at work.  You’ll get some concrete activities for how to drive your career.

We’ll also define what a barrier to leadership looks like – including the psychological under-pinnings.  More importantly, I’ll give you some practical suggestions for tearing down those barriers, so you can accomplish your personal career goals. 

I’ll introduce a leadership competency model that explores important skills for any corporate leader.  This competency model will guide future suggestions on developmental activities for you to try. 

Through out these discussions will focus on dual outcomes.  One outcome is to advance your career and get you to a desired leadership role.  Your personal future is important.  But being a leader also means impacting other people and your organization.  The second outcome is to have a positive impact on your organization.

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